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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

July 7, 2015  


School is out and, despite the foggy mornings, summer is really here.  A look at the beach or pier last weekend puts any doubts to rest.

We think we would like to be in one of these chairs, but there is League work to be done even in the summer.

The LWVC and, thus, all Leagues in California are members of the MAKE IT FAIR coaliation to reform the commercial and industrial property tax part of Proposition 13.  Webinars will be held twice on Thursday for those interested in getting involved.  See LWVC news for more.

Popovers in Pasadena, the Los Angeles County ILO's Summer League Day is coming up in a couple of weeks and reservations are beginning to fill.  This will be a sell out, so click in the events section below to make your reservation.

Your new local board will have it's first meeting Saturday, July 25th.  If you think you would like to join the board, join a committee or be active in some other way contact Ann Williams


Our city is changing a lot, and at our Annual Meeting the LWVSM proved itself to be a great source of information, as always.


Members and guests were treated to a presentation by City Planning Director David Martin, who answered all of their questions about zoning, transportation and housing and commercial projects that are, in his words, "game-changing."


You can view this powerpoint to get a good visual sense of his department's plans - in the works, and proposed - that are changing the face of our city.


Or, if you want to know more about the latest zoning update, passed in accordance with Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) guidelines, click here


As the Expo train nears its Santa Monica debut in 2016, biking, walking and carshare programs are in the works, as the Planning Department's website makes clear  here. 


And see this map for a complete list of current and proposed plans and projects and links to detailed information about them. This is truly a one-stop webpage to answer most, if not all, of your questions about planning in Santa Monica.


This is a good time to remind you - if you haven't already, join the League. It's a great way to stay up-to-date on all the issues - like planning - that Santa Monica citizens care about.


Ann Williams


Make It Fair

The LWVC is pleased to be a member of this group working to modify Proposition 13 to correct some unfair tax breaks that have been available to commercial and industrial properties.  This has been a long standing interest and goal of the League.

A webinar discussing the background of this effort and the role that League at both the state and local level can play in the campaign is scheduled for July 9th at 1:00p.m. and repeated at 7:00p.m. While this is planned for League members, any friends who want to join us in the campaign are welcome to listen in.  Of course, we would like for you to join in our efforts.

Registration for the 1:00p.m. session is available here .
Registration for the 7:00p.m. session is available here .

Each session will last one hour.  

Received after last week's Update  


As the U.S. Supreme Court's term came to a close, it issued critical decisions in two key cases the League had been watching. In both instances, the American people were the real winners.

The League of Women Voters of the United States filed amicus briefs in both of these cases. The League of Women Voters of Arizona has been a leader on redistricting reform in their state, supporting the original ballot initiative that led to the independent commission as well as fighting the legislature's challenge.

Both of these decisions represent tremendous victories for Americans across the country. Leagues nationwide will continue to work on-the-ground to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is implemented properly in their states. Leagues will also continue to push for redistricting reform to prevent partisan gerrymandering.


Thank you for standing with us!

July 9, 1:00 and 7:00p.m. 
Webinar training for MAKE IT FAIR campaign 
See LWVC news above

July 18, 10:00a.m.  
Popovers in Pasadena   Pasadena Women's City Club 
The traditional Summer County League Day 
Guest speaker, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Check the flyer and reserve early. This will be a sellout!

July 26, 10:00a.m.  
Board Retreat   
Call or email for more information

August 23, 12:00 noon 
New Member Orientation
For new, nearly new, or prospective members 
Save the date/watch for flyer 
Twilight concerts start Thursday night.  Full schedule here!

League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
P. O. Box 1265
Santa Monica, CA 90406



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